The Artist's Concept
The Hanged Man can be viewed as a negative or positive card, depending upon the surrounding cards. The ambiguous nature of this Major Arcana card appeals to
me and I like the idea of making a card that can represent both of these situations.
The first thought when you see The Hanged Man in a reading and don't know much about Tarot is that it is a negative card. Usually the reader will go on to explain the meaning of this card and it won't be viewed as being so terrible.
The Hanged Man is a strong young man in the 'prime' of his life hanging upside down from a bar by his foot. There are no bonds holding him there. In this card he is choosing to remain hanging. A twelve-point star of enlightenment encircles his head and another is on his heart. The background shows the beginning or ending of a day. The transition from light to dark or dark to light reinforces the idea that changes are happening - whether you choose to make the sacrifice or not.
The Hanged Man is choosing to make a sacrifice for a better cause. He is viewing the world from a new perspective and he is becoming enlightened as a result. If this card is revealed for you - a sacrifice may be necessary. You may need to put one aspect of your life on hold in order to clarify another part of your life, usually something involving you becoming a better person and achieving your goals.
The main figure drawn with fine pen on paper and scanned; Kayne took a photo of an actual sunset for the background. Created and coloured using PhotoShop. Symmetry Version 8.1 used to create the twelve-point stars.
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